2007 Subaru Outback from North America
Would not buy another Subaru
I have owned 2 Subaru Outbacks, 2004 & 2007.
The 2007 has an AM radio problem. We have had this problem for 1 year. We like to listen to Talk Radio. There is a static or loose connection sound when going over cracks and bumps in the road, and on a overcast day the car sounds like the horn goes off. The car is under warranty and Subaru will not help, they say "it is as it is". The service department said a lot of people are having this problem, it's the antenna in the back window, which they did not have in the previous models, and we did not have this problem in the 2004.
Our 2004 needed a head gasket. Subaru would not help. Although we drive a lot of miles, it didn't matter that the car was not three years old yet. We are not happy with Subaru, and worry that our 2007 will have head gasket problems.
Are there any 2007 Outback owners with AM radio problems? When I am at the gas station and I notice someone with a Subaru Outback with the radio in the rear window, I ask them to test their radio out. I just can't believe they won't fix the problem or don't know how to fix the problem. And won't honor their warranty... There is a design problem in that car!
I liked the Subaru all wheel drive, which is why we bought the car twice. I test drove a Chevy Malibu yesterday, and the antenna is in the rear window and the radio does not have this problem.
It is very, annoying and frustrating when you pay a lot of money for a car and it's under warranty, and the dealer and Subaru tell you "It is as it is" They are actually telling me to bend over and kiss their big fat Japanese butt. I've got your money and I don't care. Well, I've kissed their big butt twice, now they can kiss mine... I'm thinking of creating a bumper sticker and placing it on my car. Maybe if enough Subaru owners recognize they could have head gasket and radio problem, they will fix it.
And... the air conditioner and heater stink... The 2004 had better air and heater as well... Thank you for listening!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 27th January, 2008
16th Mar 2008, 19:03
If you think that's unreliable, then you should buy a European or American car and see how your view on Subaru changes. Just look at other reviews on this website and you'll see that Subaru is one of the best without a doubt.
5th Apr 2008, 19:00
I have a 2006 Outback that is 29 months old with 58,000 miles. I bought it brand new. As you can tell from the mileage I drive a lot. I also listen to the radio a lot. My radio too died recently. The dealer replaces the radio antenna but that didn't work. They contacted Subaru and they told dealer to replace the whole radio, and get this! They are going to cover all costs! I about wrecked my car while driving when they told me this over my cell. I don't know yet if the radio is the problem. My new radio will in in 2 weeks. We'll see. But Hurray for Subaru for doing the right thing and covering this defect. I'm going to be very happy if my new, free, radio works. I'll keep you posted.